The Akin Studio Program at MOCA

The Call for Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort of the Akin Studio Program at MOCA is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!


About the Akin Studio Program:

Akin is thrilled to announce a unique and publicly open partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada to provide affordable studio space to more than 30 visual artists and cultural practitioners in the Museum's new home on Sterling Road through the Akin Studio Program. The Program is open to student, emerging and professional art practitioners, curators and writers living in Toronto. 

The inaugural cohort of the Program started their studio residency in the Museum in September 2018. Selected artists have moved their studio into the Museum for a term of one year and will share their practices with the Museum’s visitors through programs such as open studio events.

The studios vary in size from 25 to 200 square feet and were designed by Akin to create a light and welcoming environment for artists to develop their work. Regular Akin studio rental fees apply. Similar to Akin’s other locations, the space encourages a community atmosphere and the exchange of ideas.

Year 2 of the Program will start October 1, 2019 and the Call for Applications for Year 2 has been announced. Visit for more details.


MOCA Toronto aims to be a barrier-free and accessible museum for all. The Akin studios are located on Floors 4 of the building. Each floor has elevator access. There are two gendered bathrooms on Floor 4 with automated entrances and accessible stalls with grab bars. There is an all-genders bathroom on the main floor of the Museum. The doorways to the studio spaces are not automated. There are no steps to access the bathrooms or studio spaces.